Why you should participate in a Global Education program
As globalization continues to impact the way we live and work, international experiences have become vital to Business Data Analytics majors. Through international study and/or internships, you can gain valuable skills employers are looking for: communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility, motivation, and a real-life perspective on business applications worldwide. International experiences can help you understand new perspectives in the usage of data at an international scale. Business data analytics students in particular benefit from thinking about participating in a Global Education program early in their program. Leveraging global opportunities and learning is a great asset in the preparing for internships and provides unique experiences that you can share with recruiters.
Global Education contributes to this by:
- Improving your interpersonal and language skills
- Expanding international and cross-cultural perspectives
- Broadening understandings of international business practices
- Preparing you for work in a diverse and international workplace
- Helping you network and build relationships
Planning Your Program
Begin planning your Global Education experience early in order to find program options that will offer credits to fulfill business requirements at ASU. W. P. Carey assigns credit equivalencies for business coursework taken abroad — this is resident credit and not transfer credit, and is added to your academic record after returning from abroad.
In most cases, completing W. P. Carey’s critically tracked basic skills courses prior to departure on a semester or year-long program is highly advisable, though in some cases it may be possible to find coursework abroad that is equivalent to these skills courses. Classes at foreign partner institutions will have enforced pre-requisites. If you have not completed a portion of these basic skills courses prior to your trip abroad, you may be disadvantaged when registering for foreign courses.
We typically do not recommend that students participate in Global Education programs during their final semester. This is because it is difficult to guarantee that all final courses required will be offered and also because there is always a delay in the posting of the degree because we have to wait to receive the transcript from the host institution in order to post the final credits. Many times students will have to miss the ASU graduation ceremony as well, since the program end dates do not always match up with ASU’s schedule.
Advice from the W. P. Carey School of Business
W. P. Carey students should start planning for their Global Education program early. We are happy to help with any Global Education curriculum questions that you have and can suggest program options that match your academic and future career goals. Remember to use the pre-approved course lists as a guide but to also cross reference them with the actual course schedules for the correct term you will be abroad. We also strongly recommend you visit with your Career Coach once you return so that they can help you add the experience to your resume and instruct you on how to talk about it in interviews.
Advice from the Global Education Office
- Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.
- Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a GEO Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process.
- Attend a Financing Your Global Education Program workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to Global Education programs, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for Global Education scholarships.
How to make an appointment
- Schedule an appointment online through Advising SOS. Make sure to click on “Academic Advising” under the Appointments section.
Key questions to ask
- What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will a Global Education program impact my progress?
- Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad? Are there any that I cannot take abroad?
- Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?
Meeting with a Peer Advisor
Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.
- Schedule a Peer Advising appointment
- Stop by the Global Education Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Contact a Peer Advisor by email email@example.com.
- Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.
Meeting with an International Coordinator
Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, talk you through the application process and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Global Education Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you to answer your questions and they would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Zoom.
- Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Global Education Office webpage for your program of interest.
- Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
Key questions to ask the Global Education Office
- What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
- What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
- How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
- What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
- What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
- Where can I find more information about scholarships for Global Education programs?
Pursuing a global experience is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your global experience.
Review Cost Sheet
You can find a Cost Sheet for your program on the Cost Info tab of the Global Education Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while participating. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Global Education Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses as needed since these are not included in any Program Fee.
Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your global education program. You can receive funding for your program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:
- Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
- Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general global education scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
- Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funded their programs.
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to your global education program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
- How do loans work for my global education program? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I participate on a GEO program?
- Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
- When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
- How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?
W.P. Carey School of Business offers scholarships for which you may apply.
Attend Financing Workshop
Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer Financing Your Global Education Program Workshops through Fall and Spring semesters. Join us to learn how to finance your global education program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.